I can picture a Victorian lady wearing this delightful antique Victorian bar brooch at the centre of a blouse at the collar, under a velvet coat. But I can also imagine it looking wonderful in a similar situation on smart looking woman off to work.
Having said that, the bar broach exhibits all the Victorian craftsman’s skills, with a lovely attention to detail. It has been designed in what was known as the “Etruscan Revival” style, which was highly popular from the 1860’s to the 1880’s. During this period, archaeological discoveries of ancient civilizations awoke a passion for and a fascination with ancient history. And this fueled a keenness for Etruscan type jewellery.
The 9 K gold bar (stamped 9 K) broach has been intricately made with trefoil terminals and delicate wirework. In the central oval four tiny, natural split pearls line up with a tiny garnet in the centre. The clasp is the traditional C clasp (which is secure) used during the period. The bar broach measures 1 7/8 inches long and ½ inch wide.
The brooch comes in a Bristol blue velvet box of the period, with a silk lining within the box and a gold stamped Royal label.
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